I can’t believe I have lived in San Diego since the ’90s and have only been to Belmont Park twice!! This second time I found that taking older kids made the experience much more fun.
There was “no rock unturned” during our visit! My ten-year-old girl, her pal, and I spent six full hours of action-packed fun!
First of all, from the “bargain standpoint”, Belmont Park offers FREE park admission and parking, which sets them apart from other amusement parks. Parents can play/ride alongside their kids or, depending on the kids’ ages, sit back and read a book or enjoy the beach while their kids play. I recommend buying a writband pass for the day, as purchasing tickets for each ride, individually, can add up.
The Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, one of two original oceanfront roller coasters still operating on the west coast, (originally built 1925) was first on our list. It was recently restored, which gave this mama peace of mind. Riders must be at least 50 inches to ride. The girls went on the ride a few times – a perk for that one-price fee, as well as a luxury if you go early on weekdays (vs. weekends), I suspect.
The rides and attractions are owned by separate companies so they each offer their own wristband. Rides include the 11 mechanical rides (Giant Dipper Roller Coaster, Octotron, Control Freak, Vertical Plunge, Carousel, Thunder Boats, Tilt-a-Whirl, Crazy Submarine, Krazy Kars, Beach Blaster, and Speedway Bumper Cars). The Attractions include Laser Tag, Sky Ropes, Rock Climb, and the Laser Maze.
My eye-opening experiences were Laser Tag and Sky Ropes. Word to the moms: Be sure you know what you are doing and what your team strategy is before you just make a go of it! One of the girls who strapped me up with my lazer gear (to be on her team) mentioned, “The last old lady we geared up for this had no idea what she was doing and we lost!” I am not sure she spoke any more highly of me and my efforts her next time around, but I sure had fun!!
Sky Ropes is perfect for conquering any fear of heights (one of my little issues). It is totally safe! After a bit, you realize that you will be perfectly secure and well-hoisted if you take the wrong step, at which point you realize how much balance you actually really do have. I loved spending time at that attraction!
For a treat, I recommend the Sweet Shoppe, which features hand-dipped ice cream on Monster Cones. If the parents want to have a drink break and watch the water, they can stop at the Wave House Bar & Grill, which offers great food and spirits. You can enjoy the Mission Beach oceanfront scenery, or be entertained by the local surfers and flow boarders hanging ten at the Wave Loch.
Belmont Park always has their own updated promotions, and I wanted to be sure to share the scoop about them:
Belmont Park Discounts and Promotions:
Current promotion- Tuesdays Only: Combo Wristband $34.50 (Reg. 46.90)…Thursdays Only: $10 off a ride wristband. $9.95 for an Attractions wristband (Unlimited Laser Tag, sky ropes and rock climb, and 5 Turns in the Laser Maze)
August 15th– $9 for an Extreme Adventure Wristband (Unlimited Laser Tag, Sky Ropes, and Rock Climb, 10 Turns in the Laser Maze and 20 Arcade Tokens)
Usually in April (Price TBD for upcoming year) – Unlimited Rides (Includes all 11 rides)
$24.99 (Reg. $46.90) Unlimited Rides, Laser Tag, Sky Ropes and Rock Climb, 10 Turns in Laser Maze and 20 Arcade Tokens. Also comes with coupons for various vendors in the park.
Sold in the following warehouses and online: Santee, Mission Valley, Morena, Chula Vista, Poway, Carmel Mountain, Carlsbad
Only sold until Labor Day, but honored year round
Get 1 Free Magazine- $5 off ride wristband
Clipper Magazine- $5 off ride or attractions wristband
Entertainment Book- BOGO Ride Wristband
Visitca.com – $5 off Ride Wristband
Boy Scout Coupon Book –BOGO ride wristband
Disclaimer: SDBM works contractually with Belmont Park and was provided free tickets. Opinions are my own.